Friday, July 13, 2012

Weekend Historical Happenings: 7/14/12 - 7/15/12

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Saturday, July 14 - River Edge, Bergen County
Calico Frolic at Historic New Bridge Landing

Ladies and gentlemen, please take partners! The Bergen County Historical Society invites the public to a Calico Frolic at 6:30 PM (dance intro for 1/2 hour) on Saturday, July 14, 2012, at the Steuben House, Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201-1209 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661. Watch or join in old-fashioned country dancing to the musical accompaniment of Ridley and Ann Enslow on fiddle and hammered dulcimer. Dance Mistress Denise Piccino will instruct eager beginners in basic steps and movements at the start of the evening. Dancing continues until 9 PM, when guests may partake of lemonade and other refreshments in the restored tavern in the adjacent Campbell-Christie House until 10 PM. Period dress is welcome, but not required. The donation is $15 per person and $12 for BCHS members.

Saturday, July 14 - Bridgewater, Somerset County
New Jersey's Historic Lighthouses Lecture

New Jersey has some two-dozen lighthouses along its waterways, eleven of which are still operational. Nearly all the onshore lighthouses have active support groups working to preserve the structures and make them available to the public. Since ancient times, lighthouses have been used as navigational aids to help identify treacherous reefs and safe passages. New Jersey's first lighthouse was built in 1764 on Sandy Hook at the entrance of New York Harbor. The one-hundred-foot, octagonal structure is the oldest lighthouse in the nation and is listed as a National Historic Landmark. 

On Saturday, Bob Gleason from the New Jersey Lighthouse Society will present an overview of many of these spectacular sites. His armchair slide tour will include technical details and historical information on each of the structures. 

Donation for non-members: $5. (Donations will be given to the New Jersey Lighthouse Society.) Admission for SCHS members: free. The Van Veghten House is located at 9 Van Veghten Drive, Bridgewater, NJ, 08807. Directions: From East Main Street in Bridgewater, turn south on Finderne Avenue. Turn right on Van Veghten Drive. The Van Veghten House is located at the end of the road (1 mile).

Saturday, July 14 - Mount Laurel, Burlington County
Tour Paulsdale

Paulsdale is open to the public for Second Saturday Tours at 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm. Paulsdale is the birthplace of Quaker suffragist Alice Paul. Tours include a 15-minute presentation about Alice Paul's life and work and a guided tour of the first floor of the property where visitors learn about the Paul family's daily life in the house and its present day use as a girl's leadership center. Tours are $5.00

Paulsdale is located at 128 Hooton Rd., Mt. Laurel. For information about group tours or future tour dates, contact the Alice Paul Institute at 856-231-1885 or or visit its website,

Saturday, July 14 - Madison, Morris County  
Ice Cream Social at Museum of Early Trade & Crafts

Family Fun Day, Ice Cream Social, Saturday, July 14th 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Cool off from the hot summer sun at METC's annual Ice Cream Social. Make your own ice cream sundae and participate in numerous games and activities. Take time to explore the current exhibit and play in the museum's Children's Room. Drop in any time between 1 and 3 pm to participate. Advanced registration recommended, call 973-377-2982 x12 for more information. $3 for members & $5 for non-members. The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is located at 9 Main Street in the heart of downtown Madison, just two blocks from the Madison train station. For information, please call 973-377-2982 x10 or visit

Saturday, July 14 - Little Egg Harbor, Ocean County
Historic Local Postcards

The Tuckerton Historical Society presents Historic Local Postcards. Jim Estelle will present many aspects of interest of over 30 years of historic local postcard collecting. Program runs between 2:00 and 4:00 pm. Bring some of your old local postcards to share. Event at the Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum, 35 Leitz Blvd., Little Egg Harbor. Call 609-294-1547 for more information.

Saturday-Sunday, July 14-15 - Cape May, Cape May County
"Funfest Weekend" at Historic Cold Spring Village

Explore the history behind nursery rhymes with two days of family-friendly, interactive and educational fun.  Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 4:30pm. The Friends of HCSV, the non-profit organization formed to support the Village, will bring treasured Mother Goose nursery rhymes to life with read-alongs, educational displays and hands-on fun. Visitors will learn the history behind popular nursery rhymes at locations throughout the Village, like the barnyard and sheep pen where Bo Peep will offer a read-along and explore the story behind "Little Bo Peep." Mother Goose herself will welcome visitors at the Village gate and offer readings of nursery rhymes at the Pavilion throughout the day. Other Village sites will host hands-on, kid-friendly activities- the nursery rhyme "Three Little Kittens" will be brought to life with sewing and weaving activities at the Needle Arts Coop.

"There will be a variety of hands-on activities for kids and parents during FunFest Weekend, as well as face painting, a toy train ride, and special demonstrations from the New Jersey Blacksmith Association," said Kate Devaney, HCSV Public Relations and Programming Director. Children will be given a 'Pastport' at the start of their Village trip, which can be stamped at the buildings they visit after completing a take-home craft or activity. Pastports can be redeemed at the Country Store for a free treat! 

The Family Activity Area will feature children's dress-up clothes, games, activities and crafts. On Saturday at 2pm, the Cumberland County College Band will give a performance at the Village Gazebo.

Historic Cold Spring Village is a non-profit, open air living history museum that portrays the daily life of a rural South Jersey community of the Early American period. It features 26 restored historic structures on a wooded 30-acre site.

Historic Cold Spring Village is located on Route 9, three miles north of Victorian Cape May and a mile and a half west of the southern terminus of the Garden State Parkway. Admission during the season is $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 are admitted free. For more information please call (609) 898-2300, ext. 10, or visit the Village website at

Sunday, July 15 - Pemberton Townshop, Burlington County
Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Tasting

Learn all about Whitesbog's role in blueberry cultivation from Mark Ehlenfeldt, Blueberry Geneticist with the UDSA. Sample unique and hard to find varieties and enjoy a Blueberry Sundae with your favorite berries. The program begins at 1:00 pm.

This year, Whitesbog is celebrating the Centennial of the Highbush Blueberry's cultivation. The first successful field plantings were made here in 1912. By 1916, Whitesbog's blueberries were in commercial production. The cultivation of the blueberry and its development as an important New Jersey crop are the results of Elizabeth White's unique collaboration with Dr. Coville and with the Pine Barrens woodsmen who found her the best and biggest berries. All proceeds benefit the Whitesbog Preservation Trust in their continuing efforts to restore and protect Historic Whitesbog Village and the surrounding Pinelands. 

Historic Whitesbog Village, 120 N. Whites Bogs Road, Browns Mills, New Jersey 08015. Whitesbog is located at mile marker 13 on County Route 530, (Pemberton Township) NJ.  For information and directions, visit: or call 609-893-4646.

Sunday, July 15 - Montague, Sussex County
House Tours

The Montague Association for the Restoration of Community History (MARCH) will open the circa 1790 Foster-Armstrong House and the Nelden-Roberts Stonehouse, at 501 Route 206 for Sunday afternoon tours. Both are situated within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Montague, NJ and were originally part of the Tocks Island Dam acquisitions. These two sites are utilized by MARCH and portray the area's heritage.

This weekend, enjoy an exhibit of nature photography and song by Karen Stevenson. at the Foster-Armstrong House. Karen will display her great photography and greet you with music in the keeping room. At the Nelden-Roberts Stonehouse, the Minisink Garden Club members will share info about the traditional herb garden they maintain.

Sunday, July 15 - Andover Borough, Sussex County
Display on Summer Fun

The Historical Society of Andover Borough invites you to see its display on summer fun. Andover Borough Municipal Building, upstairs, 137 Main Street. For more info, please call 973-786-7833 or

Sunday, July 15 - Walpack, Sussex County
Moffett Family Memories and Music

The Walpack Historical Society presents the Moffett family sharing memories and music of the time when they lived in Walpack. Walpack M.E. Church, Walpack Center. Bring a picnic lunch (noon). Meeting and speaker at 1:00 p.m. Questions? 973-948-4903.

Sunday, July 15 - Ocean Township, Monmouth County
Annual American Doll and Teddy Bear Tea Party
The Township of Ocean Historical Museum's annual American Doll andTeddy Bear Tea Party will take place under tents at the Eden Woolley house on Deal Road on Sunday, July 15th from 1:00 to 3:00. The rain date will be Sunday, July 22nd. Events of the afternoon will include a doll fashion show, making a craft, a story time, and tasty tea party. There will be doll and teddy bear collections to see and a Doll Shop that will feature handmade doll clothes. Children 5 and up must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $25 for a child and an adult, an additional child is $10. There is limited seating. Reservations are a must. For tickets call: 732-531-6040 or the Museum at 732-531-2136. Eden Woolley House, 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ 07712. 

Sunday, July 15 - Madison, Morris County
Crafters Corner

Create unique and one-of-a-kind crafts with artist and educator Rachel Prager. During this quarterly adult craft workshop, all participants will go home with a finished project. Program starts at 2:00 pm. Open to ages 16 and up. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Admission is $15 for Non-members & $10 for Members (includes all supplies). Call 973-377-2982 x14 to register. The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is located at 9 Main Street in the heart of downtown Madison, just two blocks from the Madison train station.  For information, please call 973-377-2982 x10 or visit

Sunday, July 15 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Who Burned Down the Forest?

Someone's been causing mischief at the Howell Iron Works of late...In 1836 a mysterious arsonist burned down a parcel of forestry belonging to Mr. James P. Allaire's Iron Works. As timber was a key ingredient in the process producing iron, this was a very grave offense. Join the Villagers on Sunday, July 15th at 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm as they recreate the search for the culprit! Assist the Villagers in a scavenger hunt across the Village, unravel the clues, provide your own theories, and assist in discovering who committed the crime! In addition to the event, visit with tradespeople, tour the historic buildings, and enjoy a day at Historic Allaire Village! There will be a $5 parking fee for this event.

Allaire Village, Incorporated is licensed by the State of New Jersey to operate the40-acre, Historic Village at Allaire, the site of James P. Allaire's Howell Iron Works Company in the 1830's. Allaire Village, Inc. receives no state funding towards the educational programming presented throughout the year, but is strongly supported through private donations, membership fees, fund-raising events and patronage of our retail stores. 

The Historic Village at Allaire is located in Allaire State Park, 4265 Atlantic Ave., in Farmingdale, Monmouth County, NJ, off Exit 98 of the Garden State Parkway and off Exit 31B of Interstate 195. For more information, contact the Allaire Village office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at 732-919-3500 or visit


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